How Does Diabetes Impact Wound Healing?
Diabetes is a debilitating disease that inhibits the body’s ability to produce insulin. The body needs insulin to convert sugar into energy. Without insulin, sugar accumulates in the bloodstream. Due to this issue, people with diabetes have difficulty healing from cuts, scrapes, and wounds. Therefore, patients need a variety of medications to help speed up the body’s healing process.
What treatments can help?
When dealing with a diabetic patient, the physician’s focus is speeding up the body’s natural healing process. To address these issues, doctors prescribe a multitude of medications. Each medication may address one or more problems, but patients will have to take a few different ones to heal the wound effectively. While treating injuries, doctors primarily focus on:
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving collagen production
- Removal of dead tissue
- Increasing blood flow to the wound
- Limiting bacteria buildup
- Avoiding infection
What is compounding?
Drug compounding is the act of mixing different ingredients to create a medication to meet the unique needs of a patient. Drug compounding can only be done by a licensed pharmacist or physician at a federal facility or state-licensed pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies exist to create and dispense compound medications because regular pharmacies cannot fulfill these prescriptions.
How can drug compounding help patients with diabetes?
Due to the number of medications and treatments diabetic wound patients must undergo, patients may have difficulty remembering when and how to take medications. Additionally, patients recovering from a significant wound may not have the strength or knowledge to fill and take multiple medications. Frequent trips to the pharmacy may be out of the question, and patients may struggle to remember the correct medication dosage. With compounding, pharmacists can combine more than one medication to create the right prescriptions
for diabetic wound patients. This limits the amount of medications patients must take and reduces the chances of error.
What types of medications can be compounded?
Pharmacists can make compound creams, pills, and ointments. Diabetic wound care patients are often prescribed creams and ointments to apply on the wound in addition to pill medication. Doctors can combine the creams or lotions, so patients only have to use one or two creams instead of multiple ones. This can also be done for pill medication.
Should I talk to my doctor about compound medication?
Diabetic wound patients
interested in compound medication should discuss options with a physician and wound care specialist. Healthcare providers will be able to inform patients about medication options as well as write prescriptions for compound pharmacies. Pharmacists can help answer any questions about compounding, as well as create compounded medications. Speak with a pharmacist or healthcare provider for more information.